Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration. In 1810, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and all of the citizens were invited to the celebration. Since then, the festival has grown to include horse races, games, rides, music, and of course beer (although the horse races don't take place now).
You may be wondering why is Oktoberfest is held in September, despite its name? Well, this is because of the weather, September is usually a bit warmer, whilst the festival normally closes on the first Sunday in October.
Throughout the festival there is a variety of traditional, hearty foods to be had as well as beer. Offerings include Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (pork knuckle), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (sausages), Brezn (pretzel), Knodeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (pickled red cabbage), Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction), and Weisswurst (white sausage). So dig in!
The beer itself is a lager or Märzenbier brewed by Munich breweries for the festival. With an alcohol level of 6 -7 % it is slightly stronger than normal German beer, brewed stronger specifically for the occasion! You may not be visiting Germany this year but why not take a look at our Oktoberfest beers and have your own lederhosen-knees up!?!